June marks the end of strawberry season and the beginning of unbearably hot days, so I thought this recipe would be the perfect way to bid farewell to baking for a few months. I won't be using my oven much this summer because it produces an insane amount of heat (it's a 1920's Chambers), and I'd prefer to avoid an insanely high electric bill. I fired it up this morning, just to bake this bread, and I was literally soaked in sweat by the time it was done. Not fun.
It was worth it, though. The bread was delicious, so I had to share the recipe.
Most fruit breads have a ridiculous amount of sugar in them --we're talking 1-2 cups. So, when I set out to make strawberry bread, I knew that was the main obstacle. I needed it to be sweet, but not overly so, and I wanted to use agave nectar instead of sugar. I ended up totally winging it. I put all the ingredients together, stuck the bread in the oven, and waited (sweating, of course).
I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It's moist, a little sweet and the strawberries make it nice and tart. I think it's perfect for summer cook outs. It would be great with any number of summer fruits--peaches, nectarines, blackberries, cherries, whatever. The options are endless. I thought it would be really cute to make a 4th of July version with strawberries and blueberries!
1 cup stoneground whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup agave nectar (light or dark)
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan. Begin by mixing the dry ingredients. Next, combine the yogurt, sunflower oil, agave, eggs and vanilla. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry (make sure that you don't over mix it). Fold in the chopped strawberries. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (be sure to check it often).
For babies 12 months and older.